Rabies is virtually non-existent in the United Kingdom since most domesticated pets are vaccinated against rabies and there aren’t many wild animals in urban areas. However, rabies is still common in some underdeveloped countries, but luckily the rabies vaccine is nearly 100% effective at preventing rabies.
Nowadays, the rabies vaccine is generally only recommended for travellers who are more likely to come in contact with animals in parts of the world where rabies is common. You can visit an Anna Pharmacy travel clinic in South London to get your rabies vaccination in Croydon, Wallington, Sutton, Hackbridge, or Carshalton.
The good news is that once you get the rabies vaccination, the protection lasts for 1 – 2 years. To find out exactly how long an anti-rabies vaccine provides immunity in humans, keep reading.
Rabies Vaccination for Prevention
It is recommended that people at high-risk of being exposed to animals with rabies should get the rabies vaccination. This includes people who live, work, or are travelling to Africa, Brazil, India, and China. The rabies vaccination has proven to be nearly 100% effective at preventing rabies if you happen to be bitten by an animal with rabies.
Pre-travel vaccination is administered in 3 separate doses: the first being given at least one month before your departure date, the second dose one week after, and the final dose a week before departure.
Schedule an appointment at any Anna Pharmacy branch at least a month before you leave to get the rabies vaccination in Wallington or you can visit any of our other travel clinic branches across South London.
Rabies Vaccination Post-Exposure
For individuals who have been potentially exposed to the virus via an animal bite, four doses over two weeks are recommended to prevent the development of rabies in a person. The vaccine must be given within 7-10 days of being bitten to be effective.
How Long Does the Rabies Vaccine Work?
The effectiveness of the rabies vaccine usually lasts between 1 – 2 years. For those who are high-risk of rabies exposure, it is recommended to receive a booster after 1 year, followed by regular boosters every few years. Whereas for those who are not at high risk of rabies exposure but want to get a vaccination, a booster vaccination will be needed after a few years.
Get Your Rabies Vaccination in Sutton at Anna Pharmacy
In addition to travel vaccinations such as yellow fever, typhoid, and hepatitis, Anna Pharmacy Travel Clinics also provide the rabies vaccination in Hackbridge, Carshalton, Sutton, rabies vaccination in Carshalton, Croydon, and Wallington.
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